Paula Vogel




Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of
New York Theatre Workshop’s upcoming production
of A Civil War Christmas, will lead this Playwriting Master Class.
After more than two decades of inspiring and instructing the next generation of American playwrights at Brown and Yale Universities, Ms. Vogel has offered her “Bootcamps”—intensive, basic-training sessions in the elements of playwriting—all over the country, reaching hundreds of people: from professional writers, to novice playwrights, to those who simply dream of taking pen to paper. Intended to “demystify” the playwriting process, this Bootcamp is open to all: theatre lovers and writers of all levels. Whether you’re ready to take your first leap into playwriting, or you’re an experienced writer hoping to stretch your creative muscle, this intensive, 8-hour session with one of the nation’s pre-eminent theatre instructors will be sure to inspire and encourage the imagination. This one-day class focuses on writing exercises designed to get the mind moving in a new direction, and to encourage writers to really consider what it means to write for the theatre. The class also touches on some of the foundational tenets of playwriting, including Aristotle’s elements of drama, as understood by one of the foremost playwrights of our day. Be prepared to be surprised, challenged, and encouraged.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10am-6pm

Location: NYTW 3rd floor rehearsal studio, located at 83 East 4th Street.
This location is not wheelchair accessible.


How to register: Click here to visit our secure registration form. No prior theatre or playwriting experience is necessary. Payment information is required upon registration. Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. By filling out the registration form, you agree that NYTW may charge your credit card and that the FULL tuition for the class is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

This class is recommended for ages 15 and up.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about whether this class is right for you, please call 212-780-9037.

About the Instructor: Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel’s most recent projects include a collaboration with director Rebecca Taichman on a commission from Yale Repertory and Oregon Shakespeare (American Revolutions:  The United States History Cycle): REHEARSING VENGEANCE.  She is beginning a project with Blanka
Ziska and the Wilma theatre, which will involve workshops with veterans
in Philadelphia,   In 2012, the work continues on her play A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, directed by Tina Landau and produced this coming fall by
New York Theatre Workshop

In addition, Paula Vogel continues her “bootcamps”, playwriting intensives, with theatre companies, organizations, board members, subscribers,  and writers across the country.

Paula Vogel's play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second OBIE. It has been produced all over the world. Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot'N'Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession and A Civil War Christmas. In 2004-5 she was the playwright in residence at The Signature Theatre in New York which produced three of her works. 

Theatre Communications Group has published four books of her work, The Mammary Plays , The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays, The Long Christmas Ride Home and A Civil War Christmas.  Most recent awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dramatists Guild (2011),  and the 2010 William Inge Festival Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award.  In January 2013 she will be inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.  She is most honored to have two awards to emerging playwrights named after her:  the Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003,  and the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting. given annually by the Vineyard Theatre,
since 2007.

Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OBIE for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She was recently awarded a Thirtini, a most coveted award, from 13P in New York.  She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony,  the Double UCross Colony as well as Yaddo.